Pablo Picasso - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Christie's, London, November 28, 1989, lot 194
    Acquired at the above sale by the late owner

  • Literature

    Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 31, Paris, 1976, no. 382, pl. 110 (illustrated)
    The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: The Sixties III, 1968-69, San Francisco, 2003, no. 69-385, p. 226 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs." Pablo Picasso

  • Artist Biography

    Pablo Picasso

    Spanish • 1881 - 1973

    One of the most dominant and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was a master of endless reinvention. While significantly contributing to the movements of Surrealism, Neoclassicism and Expressionism, he is best known for pioneering the groundbreaking movement of Cubism alongside fellow artist Georges Braque in the 1910s. In his practice, he drew on African and Iberian visual culture as well as the developments in the fast-changing world around him.

    Throughout his long and prolific career, the Spanish-born artist consistently pushed the boundaries of art to new extremes. Picasso's oeuvre is famously characterized by a radical diversity of styles, ranging from his early forays in Cubism to his Classical Period and his later more gestural expressionist work, and a diverse array of media including printmaking, drawing, ceramics and sculpture as well as theater sets and costumes designs. 

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Property from the Estate of Howard Karshan


Nu couché et homme écrivant (Sleeping Nude and Man Writing)

signed, numbered and dated "15.8.69. I Picasso" upper left; further dated "15.8.69" on the reverse
ink on paper
8 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. (21.9 x 31.1 cm.)
Executed on 15 August 1969.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $100,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018